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    Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

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    I cannot "see" my "f" drive (2nd partition on my second hard drive). Although I *can* see the partition in Norton Partition Magic, label and all.

    It was there and fine, and suddenly I couldn't access it, and get errors that it's not formatted. It's a fat32 partition.

    Is there a way to at least access it enough to pull off the data?

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    You're not keeping anything from us, are you Chuck? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> What "else" has transpired lately that could possibly impact this situation, i.e. backups, software or hardware installation, etc.? Also, since you say Partition Magic "sees" the partition OK, could you post a cropped screenshot of the PM graphic that might give someone a clue? When you boot the machine, does the BIOS POST show any unusual messages? You called it the "f" drive - does that drive LETTER assignment still show up in the PM handling of the partition?

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    If you still can see the partition in Windows Explorer (My Computer), try this:

    click Start | Run, type

    cmd /k chkdsk f: /r

    and hit Enter. (Explanation: "cmd /k" keeps command prompt window open; "chkdsk /r" locates bad sectors and recovers readable information.)

    If you do not see the partition in Windows Explorer, click Start | Run, type

    compmgmt.msc

    and hit Enter. Computer Management window will open. On the left pane, navigate to Disk Management under Storage; then on the lower right pane select second partition on Disk 1and from Acton menu choose All Tasks > Change Drive Letter and Path.

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    And here's (below) a graphic of the compmgmt.msc screen:

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    Change Drive Letter and Path.
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    And then? To what?

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    Al:

    Software, always, hardware, no.

    Attached is a screen from PM... It's the "F" drive...

    "Strangely", my primary drive is now (as of today) giving my SMART msgs., And it's the OTHER drive that holds the "F" partition.

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    Guys:

    I just remembered: I installed PCTools Spyware software day before yesterday, and did a complete scan; it found stuff, but I didn't act on any of it... Trial version wouldn't do it... So then I uninstalled it.

    Could I maybe run a Restore and come back to just before that scan, and (perhaps) get that drive info back?

    Or/and, what about the compmgmt.msc use?

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    What did it find?
    I note that your F drive appears to be very full. How much free space do you have on it? (partitions don't function well without a reasonable amount of free space generally)
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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    Or/and, what about the compmgmt.msc use?

    As I understand, you can see your F: partition from Computer Manager, but not from Windows Explorer, is it true?
    What happens when you run chkdsk f: /r command?

    Did you try to change drive letter to something else (say, to Z : ) - is it appears in Windows Explorer? Can you run chkdsk z: /r command?

    Answer to your question:
    From Computer Manager you can see status and other parametres for all drives (even if they are hidden in Windows Explorer), change drive letters, destroy and create partitions, run Disk Defragmenter.

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    Rory:

    Drive F is/was about 85% full I think... But I was only using it to store files. When I "needed" one, I moved it to another partition.

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    >>
    As I understand, you can see your F: partition from Computer Manager, but not from Windows Explorer, is it true?
    What happens when you run chkdsk f: /r command?

    Did you try to change drive letter to something else (say, to Z : ) - is it appears in Windows Explorer? Can you run chkdsk z: /r command?
    <<

    I was able to change drive letters (to S but was not allowed to run chkdsk. I tried same in the Recovery Console, but couldn't see the drive there.

    I did have the "F:" come back for a moment, and was able to see it in explorer and check files. I like a fool thought it was back "for good" and didn't move the files when I had the chance... But at least I know they are "still there"...

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    When I run chkdsk on (the now once again labeled) drive F:, it runs and find s no errors...

    In the RC I was able (last night) to see the various folders, and files seemingly, but (it appeared that) they all had a "0" size...

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    I found a tool, Data Doctor Recovery that, when I ran the demo, found all my files on the partition.

    But it's $69.

    Knowing the files are there, and not having written to the partition since the problem started, isn't there a cheaper. Maybe even free way to recover these files?

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    You've got a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> way if you have a backup. Haven't you spent $69 worth of your time already?

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    Re: Partition Is Gone? (WinXP-SP-2)

    Joe:

    Probably've spent more in time... but geez, if I spent $65 every time I got myself in a mess, I'd not have to worry about it at all, since I wouldn't be able to pay the electric to run my computer...

    I did have a backup from a couple days back... so it's not the end of the world, but I was trying to figure what went wrong...

    AAMOF, I've found since that one of my memory sticks was/is failing, and rewad/writes are getting corrupted. In addition, I've installed two new HD's and am transferring everything over, so...

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